Can the Bears End the Magpies BDWRL Reign?
Souths Logan captain Karyn Murphy accepts the 2012 BDWRL trophy
THIS Sunday, September 15; four Brisbane and District Women's teams will find themselves amongst the surf, sand, sun and a crucial 70 minutes of intense game time; when both Division 1 and Division 2 teams play off in their grand final matches at Pizzey Park, home of the Burleigh Bears.
In Division 1 at 3.30pm, Souths Logan, the experienced and reining premiership champions, will take on the home-advantaged Burleigh, who have battled hard to make the grand final.
Since re-joining the competition in 2008, Souths Logan have dominated the BDWRL, experiencing four undefeated seasons in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
This highly-experienced team knows what it takes to be victorious and after claiming the Women's Rugby League World Cup trophy this year bringing home the premiership would complete a perfect season for Australian and Souths captain Karyn Murphy and her fellow Australian and Souths teammates.
Apart from having to forfeit during the season due to representative commitments, Souths Logan have powered through the competition with no losses.
Burleigh have the chance of writing their own Cinderella story, but even with the advantage of playing at home, they will still go into this game as the underdogs.
After only just losing the semi-final in their first season of the competition in 2012, making the grand final for 2013 is a great achievement in just two years of the competition.
Burleigh's first half of the season had them sitting in first place with nine straight wins but they experienced a few struggles towards the bottom half of the season.
However, their hard work in the semi-final and again in the preliminary final has paid off.
***In Division 2, at 1.30pm, Aspley will come head-to-head with Carina.
Both teams are in their second year of the competition and this match-up could not be much closer.
These teams have played each other five times in two years, with Aspley claiming three wins to Carinas two.
Aspley's 2013 season has been quite a successful one, with 12 wins from 17 games. They also showed a glimpse of their potential to match it up with some Division 1 teams earlier this season.
Their hard work has really shown their massive improvement from joining the competition in 2012.
Carina struggled to find their feet in the first half of the competition only winning two out of nine games, but as the season progressed, so too did their talent. Since then, they have won seven out of eight games in the back half of the season.
They too have worked hard to show their great improvement only two years into the competition.
This season Aspley and carina have come head to head 3 times, with Aspley taking out game one 20-6. Aspley again prevailed in game 2 winning 20-14, but Carina took out game 3 with a score of 12-10.
The game 3 result predicts this grand final match to be a close and great game.
Along with these two BDWRL grand final games, the day will also see the future of Open Women's Rugby League with Nambour v Nerang in the Under 15 Girls at 11.30am and Nerang v Sunshine Coast in the Under 18 girls at 12.30pm.
There is no cover charge at the gate but instead, they will be accepting donations for the Cherish Foundation, supporting women battling cancer.
The hosting club, Burleigh Bears and everyone involved in the organisation of the day should be commended for supporting this great foundation.
This Sundays women's grand final event will definitely be worth a look. These games are set to be thrillers, so get your supporters gear on and come on down to Pizzey Park for an enjoyable and entertaining day.